A proposal by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to take away the driver’s licenses of high school dropouts sparked a confrontation on the House floor with the leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).While I would like to see our young people continue their education, I question if such a measure to deny high school dropouts their driver's licenses is going to cause more harm than good. It's great to see in the rest of the article that hispanic and black members of Congress don't support this law.
Emanuel pulled back on the legislation, but the episode inflamed existing tensions between Emanuel, the No. 4 leader in the House, and the minority caucuses. The Illinois Democrat has pushed the idea of getting tough on dropouts by taking away driver’s licenses for months.
Emanuel argued for the idea in a June 7 op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Dropouts should not be drivers,” Emanuel wrote. “Requiring drivers under 18 to verify they are working toward a high school diploma is a commonsense step that works to reduce the dropout rate.”
The article noted that West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia already deny licenses to students who drop out before turning 18.
There are some good reasons such as pregnancy or having to drop out to support their family. Though I'm sure it's very easy to believe that some students who drop out of high school just aren't serious so that we have to force them to stay in school. My philosophy is that it's not a smart policy.
These are probably the ones who are disruptive, because they most likely don't want to be at school. Of course that could involve bad parenting as well, however, if there are those who don't want to be in school for whatever the reason then why force them. Especially if they have something else lined up, that's legitimate, while they figure out how to further their education.
I almost forgot to add that I wonder why is this proposal being considered by the US Congress. Shouldn't this be a state issue? The federal government doesn't issue driver's licenses, the states do. Another attempt to enforce federal will on the individual "sovereign" states.
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